Examples of malevolent in a Sentence
- There was no acknowledgment of the effects of cycle upon cycle of malevolent defeat, of the injury of seeing one generation rise above the cusp of poverty only to be indignantly crushed, of the impact of repeating tsunamis of violence … —Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name, 2008
- The sky looks heavy enough to sink and crush us when we see another twister bullying across the fields—a squat, malevolent-looking wedge. —Priit J. Vesilind, National Geographic, April 2004
- No bigger than most house cats, it is possessed of such formidable armor and malevolent mien that when the makers of the latest Godzilla epic went looking for a prototype, they selected this lizard … —Peter Benchley, National Geographic, April 1999
- The predominant spirit is very un-American; a kind of malevolent, drifting determinism pervades human beings who cannot, or do not want to, cope. —John Fowles, Atlantic, August 1986
the novel grossly oversimplified the conflict as a struggle between relentlessly malevolent villains on one side and faultless saints on the other
Recent Examples of malevolent from the Web
The fraternal teasing between Thor and his malevolent brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) continues to be the heart of the series.
Now the companies must grapple with how Russian agents used their technologies exactly as they were meant to be used -- but for malevolent purposes.
Anthony Hopkins Double Feature Creepy dolls and malevolent clowns are no match for Fats, the homicidal ventriloquist's dummy in director Richard Attenborough's 1978 psychological thriller Magic, adapted by William Goldman from his own novel.
Ailes is, or was, a malevolent and baleful force in American life, although a magnificent programmer of television.
The question is how the West can maintain the core values of freedom of speech and the free flow of information while protecting itself from the constant presence of malevolent geopolitical actors.
The Crown’s forces had approached on horseback and by sea, with muskets, swords, and malevolent intent.
The new movie, directed by Argentina's Andrés Muschietti, tells the story of a group of kids in the 1980s who face a malevolent clown called Pennywise.
However, their ancient World Series disasters with the Yankees still scramble through my brain like malevolent sheep — to be not counted but feared.
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On the Origin of malevolent
That malevolent begins with male- does not imply any connection with gender. The word's initial component comes ultimately from the Latin adverb male "badly"; English male "a man or a boy," by contrast, descends from the unrelated Latin noun masculus "male." Malevolent was taken into English directly from the Latin malevolens "ill-disposed, spiteful," which paired male with volens, the present participle of a verb meaning "to wish." In Latin, the combination literally meant "wishing ill." The "wishing" component of malevolent may also be found in its antonym benevolent "kind and generous" (from Latin benevolens, literally, "wishing well") and in a rare English word, somnivolency ("a sleep-inducing agent"), in which it is yoked with somni- "sleep" (from Latin somnus) in a compound literally meaning "inclination to sleep."
Synonymsbad [slang], bitchy, catty, cruel, despiteful, hateful, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, nasty, spiteful, vicious, virulent
Antonymsbenevolent, benign, benignant, loving, unmalicious
Related Wordsdevious, scoundrelly, scurvy, snakelike; acrimonious, bitter, envious, jaundiced, jealous, rancorous, resentful, vindictive, vitriolic; contemptuous, deprecating, derogatory, disdainful, disparaging, mean-spirited, obnoxious, opprobrious, scornful, snide, snotty, unkind, unkindly, unloving; baleful, baneful, evil; harsh, hostile, inimical; acrid, caustic, poisonous, scathing, venomous
Near Antonymscompassionate, good, good-hearted, kind, kindhearted, kindly, sympathetic, warm, warmhearted; affable, agreeable, amiable, cordial, friendly, genial, gracious, nice, pleasant; affectionate, amorous, sweet, tender, tenderhearted; humane; altruistic, high-minded, humanitarian, magnanimous, noble, philanthropic (also philanthropical)
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- Christy and Megan … were whispering over on the other side of the room and casting malevolent looks in Mary Lou's direction.
- —Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
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